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Footbal: Manipuri cousin trio hopes ‘family tradition’ continues at FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

 Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delh: U-17 World Cup captain Amarjit Singh and the lone goal scorer for the country in that tournament Jeakson Singh are now living a dream. They want that their third cousin — Kritina Devi Thounaojam – some two years younger to them, should represent India in  the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

 Jeakson Singh Thounaojam created sort of history when he headed the ball into the back of the Colombian net — becoming India’s first-ever goal-scorer at a FIFA World Cup in 2017. 

   The leader of Indian squad was Amarjit Singh Kiyam — Jeakson’s fellow midfield general as well as cousin — the two having made the journey from Thoubal together.

That unforgettable goal inspired a new generation of players across the length and breadth of the country to dream big and soar high. 

Among those was another member of the Manipuri duo’s family  — Kritina Devi Thounaojam – and currently a probable of the Women’s team for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

“I remember watching Jeakson’s goal in the World Cup live on television. It was a unique feeling. It was such a powerful moment for the country, and also our family,” 17-year-old Kritina told www.the-aiff.com

“I was inspired to play football seeing my brothers. Amarjit and Jeakson taught me so much. We trained together whenever they would come back to our village. Practising with them always made me very happy. It was amazing when I saw them playing in the World Cup. That motivates me to play in the World Cup as well. It will be a proud moment if we have three World Cuppers from the family.” 

 Going down memory lane, Amarjit, recalled how all of them took their first lessons from the same coach, where Kritina would sometimes be the only girl.

“All of us used to train together under Jeakson’s father (Deben Singh) — he was our first coach. There were other players as well with us. The first girl to have joined was Kritina. There were times when she was the only girl amongst us and would also play for our local team,” said Amarjit who made his Senior Team last year at the age of 18, 

“She is a very good player — technically good and mentally very strong. Seeing her, a few more girls also joined from nearby, including Babina (Devi Lisham, another U-17 women’s team player),” 

Jeakson, who made 13 appearances for Kerala Blasters in the Hero ISL last season disclosed how Kritina’s speed made her stand out from the rest, and even outpace boys older than her.

“I distinctly remember that she would run very fast as a kid. My father convinced her family to put her into football. He would coach her and whenever we would come home, we would also teach her new drills and exercises that we also learnt,”  

“Once when we had come home, we organized a small tournament where Kritina played and was up against boys her age, and some even older to her. She was brilliant and played very well. She was faster than some of the boys — that was a really special memory,” Jeakson said.

Kritina was 13 years old when she took up the game and in 2016-17 — she was selected to represent Manipur at the National Championships. She broke through into the National Team ranks quickly — representing the country at age-group level SAFF competition. 

In 2018, she was a member of the India team at the AFC U-16 Championship 2019 qualifiers in Mongolia. The speedy winger was part of the National team that took on Sweden and Thailand in the Tournament last year. In fact, she scored the only goal in India’s solitary goal victory against Thailand. 

The trio, with their houses at walking distance from each other, has been training together while in lockdown and the eldest of them — Amarjit, spoke about how “proud” it makes him to see his cousin don the India colours.

“We (Jeakson and myself) know the feeling of playing for our country. Seeing Kritina do the same makes us so proud. She has already played at U-16 level and has even scored. I am very happy to see the effort and hard work put in by her every day — and how motivated she is. She is an example to follow for so many girls and I hope she keeps growing and moving forward,”. 

“Senior or age group — the World Cup is the most important tournament in football. You are representing your country in front of the whole world. It’s an incredible experience that is different from anything else,’ Jeakson opined. 

“We have all seen the impact that the first World Cup had on Indian football and I am sure the upcoming one will provide a massive boost, especially for the women’s game,”  

Should Kritina be selected for the final squad next year, It would be a proud moment for the whole family, especially my father. Three World Cuppers in the same family — it would be one incredible family tradition to have,” Jeakson added. 


Terror fund linked with banned Kangleipak Communist Party case: NIA seizes Rs. 4800,000

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Imphal/New Delhi: A team of NIA on 30 August 2018 seized Rs 48,00,000 in cash said to be meant for terror funding from one Ms K Pramodini, an employee of RIMS, Imphal in Manipur.

The money seized by NIA was produced by Ms Pramodini in the presence of an independent witnesses. The money belonged to Ms N Sobita Devi, wife of another accused Dr Mutum Shyamo Singh (Ex Director JNIMS Hospital, Imphal, Manipur). During Investigation, it had come to light that the said amount was handed over to Pramodini by Sobita Devi for the purpose of concealing the terror funds collected by Mutum Shyamo Singh as part of his activities in support of the proscribed organisation KCP. NIA had arrested Dr Mutum Shyamo Singh on 6 July 2018 for his active involvement with KCP. Following his arrest, Search was conducted at his house and Rs 40,03,000 in new currency and Rs 1,00,000 in old
currency were seized as proceeds of terrorism.

During investigation of this case, Khoirom Ranjit Singh, Commander in Chief of KCP, and his associates Irungbam Sanatombi Devi and P. Prem Kumar Meitei @ PK @ Ibomcha were arrested and a charge sheet was filed on 10 July 2017 before the NIA Special Court Delhi. A supplementary charge sheet against Sanabam Inaobi Singh has also been filed in this case on 24 May 2018.

NIA starts probe into funding of Hurriyat

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New Delhi: National Investigation Agency has registered a PE (Preliminary Enquiry) into the funding of Hurriyat leaders namely Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Gazi Javed Baba and others in J&K by Hafiz Muhammed Saeed and other Pakistan based terrorists and agencies to carry out subversive activities in Kashmir and for damaging public property, stone pelting on the security forces, burning of schools and other Government establishments.

The NIA has also taken cognizance of the news item related to the recording of
conversations between the reporter and leaders of the separatist groups operating in
Kashmir valley, by India Today TV, on 16 May 2017 in this regard.

Seizure of money in Senapati district, Manipur: NIA resgisters case

On 26 May 2017, National Investigation Agency has registered a case at the NIA Branch Office at Guwahati subsequent to the case registered at Senapati PS on 7 April 2017 on the alleged allegations of recovery of Rs. 18,47,667 from Mrs. Shelly Sumi, wife of Nikki Sumi (SS Lt. Gen. and Deputy Commander-in-chief of the Banner terrorist organisation NSCN-K) and others in district Senapati (Manipur) on 7 April 2017. The money was suspected to be in transit illegally to GHQ Taga, Myanmar, for her husband. Mrs. Shelly Sumi is alleged to be raising funds for terrorist acts by the

On 7 April, based on specific intelligence regarding movement of Mrs. Shelly Sumi carrying huge amount of money to Taga (Myanmar) for her husband, a temporary check post was set up on at NH-2 near Karong village, Senapati district, by the 34 Assam Rifles. At about 5.30 in the evenin, one Dimapur to Imphal bound bus bearing registration no. MN-01-2027 was intercepted and four persons were apprehended. They were (i) Ms. Shelly Sumi (ii) Ms. Ikheli Yeptho (iii) Ms. Shutoli (iv) Ms. Hozheli,
all from Nagaland, and the amount of Rs. 18,47,667 was recovered from their possession, besides other articles. A case was registered by the Senapati Police station and the four accused were arrested by the local Police.

Rahul accuses BJP of stealing mandate in Goa and Manipur

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New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today accused Bharatiya Janata Party of stealing the mandate in two of the three States where the Congress party has won in the just concluded Assembly election.

“Out of five states, BJP won two, we won three (Punjab, Manipur and Goa). In two of the states we won (Goa and Manipur) Democracy is being undermined by the BJP through financial power and money,” Gandhi told media-persons.

He accepted the mandate in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand but at the same time said that the BJP was stealing the mandate in Goa and Manipur through money power.